This is a simple list of great things that I have used and have been VERY useful to Eve, Russell and I. Working for us is different for working for anyone and everyone, so this is not a ‘must have list’ or a ‘live without list’. To thier credit, I am not sure I would have been able to live without some of them – like the nappies!
Nappies – Green Nappy Company – We researched for ages and settled with these ones because a) they were locally (Australian) made, b) they did not have inserts like many nappies so we don’t have to handle the dirty nappies too much, c) dry bucket system and d) the cost was reasonable. Tips on these would be to make sure you wash them before you use them to help the absorption activate and the material work. Once they are working they are a great product. I use them with the Eenee flushable liners as well.
Waterproof Nappy Bag – diaperbagwrangler – instead of plastic bags I carry one of these handy bags. It would be great if I had another one, cause washing them every time I use them means some days I do have to use the old plastic bag, in which case I use a biodegradable one!
Pants off Party Floor Mats - So Russell’s sister Heather gave us a great little mat she made using material and a plastic table cloth she got from spotlight. It is a waterproof solution and means you can just chuck it in the wash – much like a towel, but less bulk for when they are moving around a bit.
Sophie the Giraffe – we have only just taken this out, but already she is in high demand. I am not sure exactly what this thing is made of, but it is amazing! She pops it straight in her mouth and it is light enough that she can eve squeak it which makes her giggle.
Mumma and Bubba Calm Balm – we were given this and I didn’t use it for a while until Eve was having a few rough nights and I cracked it out. I was amazed. It smells wonderful and is by sure my first option when she is terribly upset, I grab this, give her tummy and back a rub and I even hold it in front of her nose on my hands and she sniffs it and is either distracted enough or absorbed by the smell that she calms right down. Also coming with a great useable box packaging as a toy, their product is organic, natural and free of chemicals. The packaging and posting is all very conscious of the environment.
Baby Wearing – Minimonkey – Baby Bjorn – One of the most satisfying and easiest way for me to bond with Eve has been heart to heart. At them moment I don’t go anywhere without this Minimonkey. It is by far the easiest thing to use and Eve just pops in and out and I can get in and out of a shop, a petrol station or even just a quick coffee. And she loves it. We were also lent a Baby Bjorn which has been just beautiful. The times that I have had a screaming baby and I pop her in, give a little jiggle and she generally rocks off to sleep. I shop with it, garden, house work, sometimes even I put her in, if she falls asleep I lay down with her still in it.
I am sure that there are many more, and I will be posting as I learn and discover way more things about having a baby and being a mum. A good start, cause someone asked me what I sued the most. At the moment these are my top 6!